- Why does the course instructor need to be present in the library instruction session?
- What information or resources do course instructors need to provide to the librarian leading an instruction session?
- Why is at least two weeks’ notice required to schedule a library instruction session?
- Can (non-librarian) instructors book library classrooms?
- At what point in the semester is it ideal to schedule a library instruction session?
- Does the library offer tours for classes?
- Why are library instruction sessions limited only to classes with a research component?
- Can Auraria Librarians provide more than one library instruction session for a class?
- Can Auraria Library provide ‘proof’ that students visited the library?
- Does a class have to visit the library in order to hear from a librarian?
- Can the library help course instructors create a research assignment?
- Can the library work with online/hybrid classes?
- I want students to know about library resources, but I don’t have room in my syllabus for a whole class dedicated to the library. What are my options?
- Can I bring my class to the library and give them a tour myself?
Why does the course instructor need to be present in the library instruction session?
Our library instruction sessions are most meaningful for students when the course instructor is present and engaged in the session. Course instructor participation signals to students that the content of the session is important and relevant to the work that students are, or will be doing. The librarians facilitating the session also appreciate when course instructors can (respectfully) add needed context and help make connections to course content in the session.
We do not provide instruction for courses in which the instructor is not present and do not take attendance in sessions. Course instructors not able to make an instruction session may send a designee familiar with the course structure and content.
What information or resources do course instructors need to provide to the librarian leading an instruction session?
The research assignment and a copy of the syllabus are essential for getting started on preparation. Other information regarding the course, students, and goals for the session are needed as well for the lesson planning process. These elements are best gathered through communication between the librarian and course instructor either through email or in a meeting (face-to-face, phone call, or Zoom are all possibilities.)
Why is at least two weeks’ notice required to schedule a library instruction session?
Members of the Auraria Teaching Team have a heavy teaching load and put in a lot of work to tailor their lesson plans and activities to the specific course they are teaching. In the time between when the session is scheduled and taught, librarians are reaching out to course instructors to get the information they need to plan their sessions and working on developing and refining lesson plans and learning materials. This important lead time allows us to thoughtfully balance all of our planning, teaching, and other duties. We do not make exceptions to this policy.
Can (non-librarian) instructors book library classrooms?
Due to the high demand for information literacy instruction, our library classrooms are unavailable for reservation by anyone other than our teaching team. The Discovery Wall is currently our only space within the library that may be reserved by members of the campus community outside the library.
At what point in the semester is it ideal to schedule a library instruction session?
Because we tailor our lesson plan to course research assignments, it is important to time your library instruction session for when students will be conducting research. Our sessions are most meaningful to students when they can be aligned with a specific part of the research process: developing/brainstorming a topic, searching for and evaluating resources, integrating research, and so on. For this reason, it is generally not ideal to schedule a library session at the beginning of the semester or before the research assignment has been introduced in class. We have found that in all cases, the course instructor should introduce the research assignment before the library instruction session.
Does the library offer tours for classes?
Auraria Library does not provide tours of the space for classes. Tours are very rarely a part of our instruction sessions, which are tailored to prepare students to complete research assignments. We do provide a self-guided library tour that is updated every semester and allows library users to learn about Auraria Library spaces and services in an interactive way.
Why are library instruction sessions limited only to classes with a research component?
Our instruction sessions are more meaningful when students can see how research skills and tools can apply to their work. To this end, we tailor our lesson plans to specific class assignments, and, when possible, give students an opportunity to work on their research within our sessions. Courses without a research component are welcome to use our self-guided tour, online tutorials, or resources from our information literacy LMS modules (under construction).
Can Auraria Librarians provide more than one library instruction session for a class?
As much as we see the value in working more closely with classes, we cannot promise more than one library session for each class due to our heavy teaching load. However, we are willing to discuss this as a possibility on a case-by-case basis. If we do provide more than one session, only one session can be held in our library’s classrooms.
Can the Auraria Library provide ‘proof’ that students visited the library?
Because of our professional and ethical commitment to patron privacy, we do not keep track of what students visit the library or what they do in the building or when they use our online library resources. This includes not reporting back on students who make use of our research tutoring or research consultation services.
Relatedly, as a policy, we do not pass out business cards to students as part of a class assignment. We have a self-guided library tour that students can complete, and with an advanced notice from the course instructor, we can provide versions of the tour with class-specific content.
Does a class have to visit the library in order to hear from a librarian?
No, we can provide library instruction in your room, online through your course management system, or remotely via software such as Zoom. You can specify the location of the class when making an instruction request. If we provide library instruction in a non-library classroom, we ask that you please include detailed information about the technology set-up in your classroom, as well as information about any accessibility accommodations we should make.
Can the library help course instructors create a research assignment?
Yes. Members of the Auraria Teaching Team have extensive training and experience in teaching, pedagogy, and assignment design. Specifically, we are well equipped to work with you to create or revise an existing research assignment. These research assignment consultations are useful in helping to determine how to scaffold research into the class as a whole as well, and also to get a better idea of the scope of resources available to students as they conduct their research.
Can the library work with online/hybrid classes?
Yes. When requesting library instruction you can specify if the session should be online or face-to-face. Many hybrid classes have very limited face-to-face time. The most appropriate format for the class depends on the course calendar and research requirements. It is definitely something that can be discussed with the librarian.
I want students to know about library resources, but I don’t have room in my syllabus for a whole class dedicated to the library. What are my options?
- Members of the Auraria Library Teaching Team can collaborate with course instructors to create activities, lessons, or modules that can introduce students to library resources and/or research.
- You can incorporate Auraria Library’s self-guided tour into your curriculum, either as a class or homework assignment.
- You can have your students review our library tutorials.
Can I bring my class to the library and give them a tour myself?
Yes. Course instructors are welcome to lead tours of the library themselves. They can use their own self-guided tour assignments, or use the library’s self-guided tour. That said, we cannot provide classroom space for classes that are not lead by a librarian.